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Sanskrit Appreciation and Learning

Sanskrit is a language most Indians may have a basic introduction to, as a course prescribed in school for a few grades. However, the beauty of this language is never conveyed in its perfect, wonderful and amazing entirety.

Why Learn Sanskrit? 

  • Sanskrit, as many conscious learners have experienced, generates joy, clarity, purity and peace.
  • Sanskrit is a perfect harmonizer that perfectly attunes and balances the body, mind and soul. It fills the heart and mind with a perfect sense of immortality.
  • Sanskrit opens us to the rich treasures that our ancient scriptures are – the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Itihasas, and a vast body of other spiritual, religious, literary, scientific and a wide range of secular literature.
  • The most practical value of learning Sanskrit lies in the fact that it trains the mind to think logically, brings clarity of expression, develops intellectual strength, and provides keen insight into the meanings of the words.
  • The vibrational quality of Sanskrit has a direct impact on the functioning of the brain, and can help in enhancing memory and concentration ability.
  • Sanskrit also facilitates a better grasp of the mechanics of other languages and scripts.
  • Sanskrit opens the mind to a wide variety of concepts, making the learners liberal in their views.
  • Sanskrit helps in the growth of consciousness and has immense power in bringing a greater transformation.

Our Approach to Sanskrit

SAFIC is committed to ensure that Sanskrit reaches out to as many interested learners as possible. Our approach to teaching and learning of Sanskrit is inspired by the innate powers and potentialities of Sanskrit language. Key aspects of our unique approach are:

  • Sanskrit to help unlock the tremendous potentiality hidden within us and thus realize the divinity within.
  • Sanskrit as a means for empowerment and the overall development of the learners.
  • We follow a holistic method which is natural to Sanskrit language by engaging the learner’s energy, memory, interest, communication and concentration.
  • We also highlight another key aspect of Sanskrit, namely, its ability to encourage learners to become silence-conscious.
  • We introduce the language in the simplest way possible through stories, songs, chanting, conversation, activities, games and presentations.

Spandana I: Feeling the Pulsation of a Divine Language


When
: January of every year  |  
Duration: 7 days

Description: Offered every year during the last week of January, this is a week-long beginner’s level workshop for learning conversational Sanskrit. It has been offered every year since 2011.

The aim of this weeklong intensive course is to introduce Sanskrit to those who are genuinely interested in learning this language, both in its spoken and written forms. The objective is to bring the participants in contact with many beautiful aspects of this language in a most effective manner. The learners are introduced to the scientific nature of Sanskrit alphabet, its phonetic system, as well as the basics of its grammar. They are also introduced to the world of Sanskrit metres, the chandas. Learners develop a deeper appreciation for Sanskrit as they learn through sessions on spoken Sanskrit, listening to and creating stories and dialogues, as well as chanting selected mantras and shlokas and singing rhymes and songs in this most beautiful language. The course is open to all age groups.
Eligibility: Anyone interested in learning basic Sanskrit or wanting to gain a better appreciation of Sanskrit as the language of consciousness.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR UPCOMING COURSE IN JANUARY 2019.

Read the feedback of participants present during the previous batch.

Spandana II: Feeling the Pulsation of a Divine Language


When
: May of every year  |  Duration: 7 days

Description: Offered every year during the last week of May, this is a week-long advanced level workshop for learning conversational Sanskrit. It has been offered every year since 2013.

The aim of this 7-day long specially designed course is to introduce advanced level of Sanskrit to those who are genuinely interested in learning this language, both in its spoken and written forms. The objective is to bring the participants in contact with many beautiful aspects of this language in a most effective manner. The course involves several sessions on conversational Sanskrit which help learners experience the beauty and charm of Sanskrit through songs, humorous anecdotes and stories, dialogues, games and many other entertaining modes. The sessions on Sanskrit grammar introduce practical grammar in an interesting and absorbing manner by providing sufficient examples from the grammatical records of Sanskrit. Through chanting and singing of Sanskrit mantras, shlokas and songs, learners learn the principles of right and effective way of chanting, reciting and reading. Special sessions on Chandas make the participants familiar with the deeper principles and values of Sanskrit Chandas; explain the applicability of the Chandas by linking the study of metrics with healing, with Pranayama, with nature, with music, with mathematics, with the philosophy of creation etc. The objective is to also make participants familiar with most of the major Chandas of Sanskrit by illustrating beautiful examples.

Eligibility
: Completion of Spandana I (or approval of the workshop facilitator).

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR CONTACT INFO IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE NOTIFIED OF THE UPCOMING COURSE.

Dhäturahasyam: Unfolding the Secret of Root-sounds in Sanskrit


When
: TBD  |  Duration: 4 days

Description: Dates for this workshop are flexible and decided by SAFIC.

One of the most remarkable aspects of Sanskrit language is that here each and every word is conscious of its origin and always refers back to the root from which it is derived. Thus, there is a perfect relationship between the word and the sense. Sanskrit, as observed by its conscious learners, is constructed like geometry and follows a rigorous logic. So much so that it is possible to explain the meaning of the words according to the combined sense of the relative letters, syllables and roots. Therefore, in Sanskrit the meaning of any word is not derived by chance or from any convention but from its own depth, the system of root-sounds, sound-ideas. It is because of this transparency of the system of root-sounds and clear semantics that Sanskrit has been able to stand by on its own. Because of this power Sanskrit also has the ability to discover its own history, and eventually it may lead us to the origin of human speech. A proper investigation of many Sanskrit words shows that in Sanskrit a word is not a conventional symbol for an idea, but itself the parent and the creator of ideas. This transparent system of formation of words from the root-sounds follows a natural process and is one of the important factors that makes Sanskrit an ever-creative language.

This four-day long workshop aims at introducing the participants to the concept of root-sounds, seed-sounds and their specific properties, mechanism of derivation of words from the root-sounds, principles of conjugating the verbal roots, uniqueness of Sanskrit words, and the system of root-sound as a guide to understand the ancient scriptures such as the Vedas, the Upanishads, and the Gita.

Eligibility
: Completion of Spandana I (or approval of the workshop facilitator).

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR CONTACT INFO IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE NOTIFIED OF THE UPCOMING COURSE.

Read the feedback of participants present during the previous batch.